Doug Ford says he won’t be drawn into federal election campaign

WATCH ABOVE: Ontario Premier Doug Ford joked on Wednesday about Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau mentioning his name on the federal campaign trail several times, saying "I think the guy loves me," but said he would work with whoever is elected.

KENORA, Ont. – Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he won’t be drawn into the federal election despite being the subject of frequent attacks from Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

Ford made the comments during only his second media availability since the campaign began in September.

Ford says he’s been too busy governing to campaign on behalf of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who has rarely mentioned the Premier’s name during his own events.

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Ford’s comments came in Kenora, Ont. where he made a local infrastructure announcement on Wednesday evening.

The provincial legislature was initially meant to return from its summer break early last month, but Ford extended the recess until after the Oct. 21 vote.

His name has nonetheless come up frequently throughout the campaign, with Trudeau trying to paint Ford and Scheer as cut from the same cloth.

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Focus Ontario: Where is Doug Ford?
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